The deli capital? It’s LA

Elina Shatkin of has great coverage on David Sax’s “Save The Deli” book which comes out in just a very few days:

“In the 1930s there were something along the lines of 1,500 kosher delis in New York,” Sax says. “Now, there are about two dozen in all of New York City. That’s an 80% to 90% decline. This has been echoed in other cities around the country.”

Yet Los Angeles delis have managed to thrive in a niche market. Acre for acre, Sax maintains that Southern California boasts “more delicatessens of higher quality, on average, than anywhere else in America.”

But Sax reserves his highest praise for Langer’s, near MacArthur Park — where the pastrami sandwich “encapsulates perfection at every turn”

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Langer’s is hosting an exclusive booksigning event with David Sax on October 28thclick here to sign up now for this limited availability event! The event includes lunch, a signed copy of David’s book (plus a chance to meet David), and a $10 Langer’s Gift Certificate for use on a subsequent visit to the restaurant. World’s Best Pastrami Sandwich has published a new video documentary on Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant, entitled “World’s Best Pastrami Sandwich.” The video coincides with the latest issue’s focus on delis as well as coverage of David Sax’s new book, “Save the Deli.” Produced by Rebecca Steinberger, this is a fantastic video that captures the essence of the Langer’s experience. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do – thank you Jewish Journal and Rebecca!

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Alex of recently visited Langer’s for the first time since moving to Los Angeles and had a great write-up as a result:

It took me way too long to come here, I soon discovered after my first bite into the Number 19 Sandwich. After coming here with my friend PJ, I took one bite and exclaimed a big “WOW” out loud. Everything that’s been written about this sandwich on Yelp and other blogs is so true that I don’t even know what to add. I can only say that I had just an amazing experience as everyone else.

It’s a great article with fantastic pictures, and worth a click over to read. Thank you, Alex! Hand Slicing

David Sax of has an interesting piece up on the merits and traditions behind hand-slicing deli meats.

At Langer’s Delicatessen, in Los Angeles–home to the greatest pastrami sandwich in America–owner Norm Langer took a blackened piece of pastrami out of the steam box, slapped it on the wooden counter, and began methodically slicing, flipping the meat over and around, excising tough connective tissue. “When you cut it on a machine, you won’t cut out this,” Norm said, removing a slimy yellow membrane with a twist of the knife. “This thing is like chewing a racquetball. It has the consistency of a diaphragm. If you cut your meat on a machine, that is going to be in your sandwich.”

Read the complete story here – it’s definitely worth the click

Langer’s is hosting an exclusive booksigning event with David Sax on October 28thclick here to sign up now for this limited availability event! The event includes lunch, a signed copy of David’s book (plus a chance to meet David), and a $10 Langer’s Gift Certificate for use on a subsequent visit to the restaurant. What Chief Bratton Will Miss About LA

Our friends at just published this great mention of Langer’s from an interview with LAPD Chief William Bratton during his segment with Patt Morrison at KPCC:

The departing police chief rates at least one thing about Los Angeles higher than New York.

Los Angeles has better corned beef than New York, LAPD chief William Bratton told Patt Morrison today in their final segment together on KPCC. He’ll try to get Langer’s sandwiches delivered in NYC.

Click here to listen to the complete interview

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Thank you, Chief Bratton, for all you’ve done for Los Angeles. We will miss you.

New York Times: David Sax Profile

The New York Times’ Dining and Wine Section writer Joan Nathan did a great profile of author David Sax on the eve of the release of his “Save The Deli” book. The profile features the writer and Sax visiting delis in Newark (home of Langer’s founder Al Langer) and discussing the state of the Jewish deli from his perspective.

And in his book he considers the pairing of “slowly steamed pastrami and hot crusty double-baked rye bread infused with caraway seeds” at Langer’s Delicatessen and Restaurant in Los Angeles a perfect sandwich.

Read the complete profile here at

Langer’s is hosting an exclusive booksigning event with David Sax on October 28thclick here to sign up now for this limited availability event! The event includes lunch, a signed copy of David’s book (plus a chance to meet David), and a $10 Langer’s Gift Certificate for use on a subsequent visit to the restaurant.

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Las Vegas Weekly: Proper Pastrami

Max Jacobsen of the Las Vegas Weekly had a great story up on their website about delicious pastrami:

For me, then, the Holy Grail of American pastrami is at Langer’s in LA, with Katz’s in New York City close behind. Both slow-steam and hand-cut their meat, but I’d give Langer’s the nod because the meat is served on double-baked rye bread from Fred’s Bakery on Robertson Boulevard.

Click here to read the complete article. It’s a great piece – thanks, Max! On Pastrami

We found this wonderful article on pastrami over at, a terrific food blog and culinary resource site. Here’s site author Adam Roberts:

It’s almost taken for granted that the best pastrami anywhere is in Manhattan. Specifically, the Lower East Side at Katz’s….

And yet, several years ago, in a Food Issue of the New Yorker, Nora Ephron shocked the pastrami-eating community by declaring the best pastrami in the world to be the pastrami at Langer’s in Los Angeles.

“Egads!” cried the pastrami-eating community. “Whatever does she mean?”

Nora Ephron was right: this WAS the best pastrami I ever had.

Click over and read Adam’s entire article, and browse around. You’ll be glad you did. Thanks, Adam! We hope to see you soon at Langer’s.

NEWSFLASH: Bonus for all “Save The Deli” Booksigning Attendees

Great News! If you’re attending the upcoming “Save The Deli” David Sax booksigning event here at Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant (October 28th, sign up today at Vromans, click here now and sign up before it sells out!), then we have big news!

Every paid event attendee here in the restaurant will be presented with a complimentary $10 Langer’s Gift Certificate to use on a future visit. Just be a paid attendee (and you will be, won’t you?!) here onsite, and we’ll give you the certificate.

So, what are you waiting for? Signups end on October 24, but it’s going to sell out before then, so visit Vroman’s today to sign up for the event. It’s $55 plus sales tax PLUS the free $10 Langer’s Gift Certificate for all paid in attendance on October 28th. See you here!

Vromans: “Save The Deli” Booksigning at Langer’s October 28

Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant is proud to host the upcoming exclusive Los Angeles booksigning event for David Sax’s new “Save The Deli” book. The event includes a classic Langer’s pastrami lunch plus a signed copy of David’s book.

This entertaining and authoritative book (released October 1 from publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) features Langer’s and makes the bold assertion that Los Angeles is now America’s premier deli town – and home to the world’s best pastrami – Langer’s!

Space is limited for this exclusive event, so sign up now at Vromans by clicking here. Or, you can call (626) 449-5320 for more information or to sign up. But hurry – you must sign up before October 24 to get your space in this great and exclusive event – featuring author David Sax in person, talking about his book and signing copies for event attendees!

LA Weekly: Langer’s Makes Gold’s 99 Essential LA Restaurants List

Langer’s is proud to announce our inclusion in Jonathan Gold’s “99 Essential LA Restaurants” list for 2009, now appearing here in the current issue of the LA Weekly (pick it up!). Here’s a sampling of Jonathan’s very kind words for our pastrami:

The late Al Langer was among the last of the great deli men, a guy who could talk to you about sandwiches until your ears fell off but more importantly, knew the contours of a pastrami the way a great sushi chef does a side of tuna. In the course of the half-block walk from the Alvarado Blue Line station to his delicatessen, you smell the food from a half-dozen Central American countries, pass within sight of Mexican street murals, and are offered the opportunity to buy a counterfeit green card. Within the deli itself, run by his son Norm, you may wait for a table with customers speaking every language but Yiddish.

Bite into a Langer’s pastrami sandwich: thick slices of hand-sliced beef, glistening with peppery fat, as dense and as smoky as Texas barbecue; thickly cut seeded corn rye, hot, crisp-crusted and soft inside, with a slightly sour tang that helps tame the richness of the meat; a dab of yellow mustard, as important to the whole as a sushi master’s wasabi, and you’ll know the inescapable fact: Langer’s serves the best pastrami sandwich in America.

Click here to read the complete article in the LA Weekly

More Best Thing I Ever Ate Showings

Here is a list of additional showings of “The Best Thing I Ever Ate Between Bread” featuring the segment on Langer’s:

DirecTV: Saturday August 22 at 1030PM Eastern – Channel 231

DirecTV: Sunday August 23 at 130AM Eastern – Channel 231

Dish Network: Saturday August 22 at 1030PM Eastern – Channel 110

Dish Network: Sunday August 23 at 130AM Eastern – Channel 231

Time Warner Cable: Saturday August 22 at 1030PM – Channel 174

Time Warner Cable: Sunday August 23 at 130AM – Channel 174

Comcast: Saturday August 22 at 1030PM – Channel 029

Comcast: Sunday August 23 at 130AM – Channel 029

The series is 9:30PM every Tuesday. Here’s a link to the Food Network’s show site.